An Illinois A graduate student from State University who disappeared before being found dead died of drowning, a forensic pathologist said Monday.
Jelani Day, 25, var last set August 24th. His family in Danville and a faculty member reported him missing after he did not show up for classes for several days.
“The cause of death of this positively identified 25-year-old man, Jelani Jesse Javonte Day, is about to drown,” LaSalle County Coroner Richard Ploch wrote as a statement on the cause of death that is part of the forensic autopsy report for the case. Pantagraf reported.
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Pastor Jesse Jackson has said Day’s case is similar to other racist killings.
Ploch said “there was no evidence of antemortem damage, such as manual suffocation, assault or altercation, sharp, blunt or gunshot wound, infection, tumor, natural disease, congenital abnormality or significant drug poisoning.”
It is not clear how Day went into the Illinois River, Ploch said.
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Days’ family will be joined by Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition on Tuesday for a march from the Peru Police Department to near the spot where his car was found on August 26 in Peru, about 60 miles north of Bloomington.
A multi-jurisdictional task force, including the Illinois State Police, Bloomington and Peru Police Departments, the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, continues to investigate Days’ death.